Kitchen of the Week: An Expensive-Looking Remodel for Just $13,000

We often recommend Ikea kitchen cabinets as a solid, cost effective option for those looking to remodel. And nowadays there are so many spin-off companies offering cabinet front styles specially designed to fit Ikea base cabinetry that while being economical is a priority, it doesn’t. There’s no reason not to at least start with an Ikea skeleton. (See Ikea Kitchen Improvement: 11 Custom Cabinet Companies For The Ultimate Kitchen Hack.)

That’s what we assumed this expensive-looking kitchen by architects Luke and Joanne McClelland was: a skeleton base from Ikea, improved with doors from another company. It turns out that the whole thing is a combination of Ikea components!

The two architects (he has his own company, MCLND), normally work on high end projects, but for their own kitchen remodeling in Edinburgh, Scotland, they had to work on a budget that was a tenth of what they used to. Their solution: “We tried to use affordable products to recreate the specific qualities that previous customers associated with luxury: simplicity, symmetry, integration.”

Here’s how they overhauled their kitchen for less than $ 13,000, including appliances (but not counting labor).

Photograph of Zac and Zac, courtesy of MCLND.

Joanne and Luke moved into the apartment a few years ago attracted by the large proportions and period details.  They knocked down a wall to create an open kitchen and dining area.
Above: Joanne and Luke moved into the apartment a few years ago, drawn to the large proportions and period details. They knocked down a wall to create an open kitchen and dining area.
All bases and cabinet doors are from Ikea.  The matte black fronts are from the Kungsbacka line, all made from recycled wood and recycled PET bottles.  The lower cabinets are from the Ekestad oak series, currently unavailable in the United States.  Classic subway tiles (theirs from here) look modern when installed vertically.
Above: All bases and cabinet doors are from Ikea. The matte black fronts are from the Kungsbacka line, all made from recycled wood and recycled PET bottles. The lower cabinets are from the Ekestad oak series, currently unavailable in the United States. Classic subway tiles (theirs from here) look modern when installed vertically.
Above: “All the appliances are concealed in the lower cabinets,” says Luke. “The cabinets all appear to be drawers, but in some cases, they’re actually two drawer cabinet fronts attached together to form a hinged cabinet. The tap is from Lusso. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Matte Black Kitchen Faucets for more ideas.) The lights are Ranarp pendant lights from Ikea.
Above: “The cabinets are built into a half-timbered wall to give the impression that they are built into the wall. The partition conceals the extract of the extractor hood which, in turn, is recessed into the cabinets. Oak frames are just standard countertops cut and used to frame cabinetry and give the impression of a more expensive ‘home-made’ kitchen, ”says Luke. The electric induction hob is from Bosch.
To the right is the utility closet door, where the washer, dryer and freezer are located.
Above: To the right is the utility closet door, where the washer, dryer and freezer are located.

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